Microsoft's OPM for the masses - Will Longhorn DRM force you to upgrade your monitor? : So what is OPM? The successor to Microsoft's rarely-mentioned COPP (Certified Output Protection Protocol), PVP-OPM (Protected Video Path - Output Protection Management) is the first play in Microsoft's game plan to ensure that protected content stays protected. PVP-OPM performs two main functions. First, it detects the capabilities of the display devices attached to the computer. For instance, does the DVI LCD monitor that you're using have HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection)? Second, it manages what, if anything, gets sent to those devices.

OMG. Is there no end to this madness? Here's the OS working in conjunction with the video card and drivers, not to mention the software video player, extending the reach of a "broadcast flag" embedded in the content all the way out to the video display device. I can hear the sound of suits signing contracts, cash registers ringing, Apple and Linux fans crying foul and in the background hackers sharpening their tools.

Yup, that'll work to keep unauthorised copies of Sith out of the customer's hands.

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